We all know that people make their children’s baby clothes into patchwork quilts. It is something that every mother, grandmother or aunt has done. But now, with people becoming eco-friendly and with the reduction of your carbon footprint become fashionable, people are trying to outdo each other by vying to be the most eco-friendly one in the group. As George Carlin says, people are knocking over each other to save the planet!
One of the things you can do is to change the things you no longer use or need into something else to give them a different avatar. This ensures that whatever can be used in any way at all is used and does not get discarded as rubbish. On such way the modern fashionistas are doing their bit for the environment, is to recycle their old dresses and blouses into covering for chairs i.e., upholstery and lamp shades. This gives an eclectic finish to your home and some piece of clothing that you really liked can be used by you again, just in a different avatar.
Any light colored silk blouse will make excellent lamp shades. You can either do it yourself or get it done by some local craftsmen. Likewise, lace night gowns or negligees can become sheer curtains for the kitchen window or your heavy satin dresses can be made into heavy curtains for the winters.
There are many ways in which you can do your bit for the environment and also furnish your home in your own individual fashion, at reasonable cost.